Summer of Zombie Blog Tour: Rhonda Parrish – Why I Still Love Zombies

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Have you STILL not joined the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour? What are you waiting for? Okay, I’ll wait.

Good, you’re back. Now here’s a guest post from the lovely Rhonda Parrish. She even wrote us a poem! The last stanza made me laugh.

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 Why I (Still) Love Zombies

by Rhonda Parrish

“You still like zombies?” she asked, taking a sip of her designer coffee and looking at me like something she scraped off her shoe. “But they are so overdone!”

And sure, recently there has been a freaking huge influx of zombified fiction (book-shaped and otherwise). And no, when we get around to it in the alphabet anthologies I’m editing I won’t be making Z is for Zombie, but you’re damned right I still loves me some zombies.

I’ve been fascinated with zombies since I was about eight years old. That’s when, at a family Christmas dinner, my cousins, siblings and I found my uncle’s copy of Dawn of the Dead and popped it into the VCR. Oh. My. Gawd. As soon as I watched the woman throw herself at the zombie that used to be her husband and him tear a chunk out of her shoulder? Dude. I was in love.

Over the years my zombie love (which is an awesome movie btw — Zombie Love (2007)) has remained strong, but not unchanged.

When I was younger I loved zombies for the gore that was associated with them. Then I went through a stage of being all about the symbolism of zombies, and their uncanny nature. These days, though the gore and the (ahem) “deeper meanings” to zombie fiction still hold an attraction for me, I think the main reason I love them is this:

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Every station
ran the same thing
over and over
“This is not a test!”
All but one.

A Christian station
Sermons interspersed with donation calls
twenty four hours a day.

An atheist, she still listened
if only to hear a human voice
express an emotion
other than fear.

Still, looking out at the undead
shambling masses that filled the street
she had to chuckle when the preacher
offered eternal life
as some sort of reward.


That’s a poem I wrote a while back, and I think it captures it. I’m scared of dying, but zombies give me this whole other thing to be afraid of. Something worse than death — undeath. And they give it to me in a safe way. It is rather unlikely I’m going to see the apocalypse, right? In a weird way, I think that helps me come to terms with the fact that, like it or not, someday I am going to die.

Not to mention there’s that whole “apocalypse” part of the zombie apocalypse. C’mon, who doesn’t love playing with the idea of the end of the world?

My most recent zombie release isn’t overtly apocalyptic though, not in the traditional sense of the word, anyway. It’s all about seeing the funny in zombies. Waste Not (And Other Funny Zombie Stories) is a collection of three of my funny zombie stories. It’s got revenge, the zombie uprising from the point of view of a cat AND zombie munchkins. It’s tough to be afraid of death when you’re laughing along at zombie stories, amirite?

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Rhonda’s blog, updated weekly, is at http://www.rhondaparrish.com and her twitter, updated far more frequently, is at http://www.twitter.com/rhondaparrish

Book link: http://www.amazon.com/Waste-Not-Other-Zombie-Stories/dp/0993699006/

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2651534.Rhonda_Parrish

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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #SummerZombie

https://www.facebook.com/events/286215754875261/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1

AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in June, here’s the complete list, updated daily:

http://armandrosamilia.com/2014/06/01/summer-of-zombie-blog-tour-2014-post-links/

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3 thoughts on “Summer of Zombie Blog Tour: Rhonda Parrish – Why I Still Love Zombies

  1. Pingback: Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014 Post Links | Armand Rosamilia

  2. Reblogged this on Darkness Dwells and commented:
    I wanted to repost this blog because it, like others of this summer tour, explains a little why I love the genre. As a side note, I don’t think we zombie fans need to be apologetic, either. Only the “cool” people hate are sick of the zombie genre, and so the rest of us are safe.

    What I liked about this blog entry of the tour was the Rhonda Parrish’s description of why she likes the genre. I feel the same, but I find it more ironic. I fear death, too. I fear it because there’s too many awesome things to check out, no matter how shitty life gets. I probably wouldn’t fear death if it wasn’t for great books, movies, music, and, of course, my family, but all that is besides the point. The point is, I don’t want my enjoyment of these things and people to end. Seems like a cruel joke, really. And yet one of those things I love so much are walking corpses.

    I’ve loved zombies for a long time, my first being the movie The Return of the Living Dead, and I can’t say why. But I can tell you that watching zombie movies and reading zombie books helps me face that fear of dying.

    So, pick a beverage of choice on this Father’s Day, sit back and read Rhonda’s guest visit to the Whatnot blog. There’s even a nifty poem.

  3. Pingback: Moar Zombeez | Rhonda Parrish

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